Verdict and Conclusion
Overall, the ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 motherboard is a good all-rounder. It performs as I expected producing decent scores in all of our benchmarks. As I mentioned earlier, the B365 chipset is made using Intel’s 22nm fabrication process, as opposed to 14nm for its predecessor the B360. So are there any real differences? Well, to be honest … none that you or I can tell. It’s just a way for Intel to free up some capacity for 14nm production.
The truth is … the B365 chipset offer very similar features to the B360, with some difference being the number of PCIe Express lanes of 20 for the B365 and only 12 for the original B360. More PCIe express lanes means more bandwidth between your CPU and PCIe cards, as well as support more PCIe devices. Additionally, the B365 now supports hardware RAID for PCIe and SATA storage devices, something that’s missing on the B360.
What I really like about the ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4, is the design of the motherboard. It does really have a “gaming” feel to it. It offers 2 x Ultra M.2 slots for your SSDs (with Armor heatsinks), Polychrome RGB, PCIE steel slot, 8 power phase design, and support for Optane memory, AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™ multi-GPU configuration.
As far as features are concerned, the ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 has it all … so no complaints here. The downside is … you don’t get integrated wifi, there’s no overclocking options in the BIOS, and it can only support ram up to DDR4 2666.
- Decent Performance
- Total of 20 PCIE lanes
- Dual Ultra M.2 for SSDs
- Unique Gaming Design PCB
- USB-C port
- Lacks overclocking
The ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 is very capable and feature-rich motherboard that’s extremely affordable. If you’re after a gaming motherboard suitable for Intel’s LGA1151 platform, then you may consider taking a look a the ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4.
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